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1990 BMW 316 vs. 1989 Ford Thunderbird

To start off, 1990 BMW 316 is newer by 1 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1989 Ford Thunderbird. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1989 Ford Thunderbird would be higher. At 3,791 cc (6 cylinders), 1989 Ford Thunderbird is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1989 Ford Thunderbird (138 HP @ 3800 RPM) has 38 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1989 Ford Thunderbird should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1989 Ford Thunderbird weights approximately 534 kg more than 1990 BMW 316. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are rear wheel drive (RWD) - it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, both vehicles do the job better than front wheel drive vehicles. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 1989 Ford Thunderbird (291 Nm @ 2400 RPM) has 150 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 1989 Ford Thunderbird will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 1989 Ford Thunderbird
Make BMW Ford
Model 316 Thunderbird
Year Released 1990 1989
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 3791 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 138 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 3800 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 291 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 2400 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1614 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 5050 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1850 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1350 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2880 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 45 L


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